Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.
The Denton Broncos did not have their usual swagger in the first half against Keller Central. They lacked defensive energy and execution on the offensive end and found themselves trailing by as many as nine points late in the fourth quarter.
Denton offensive lineman Grant Polley had quite an up-and-down season during his senior year. He missed several games with a painful knee injury, and the Broncos lost a heartbreaker at home in their opening-round playoff tilt against Justin Northwest.
New season, same tenacious defense. The Denton Broncos have been known for their relentless defense in past seasons, but with several players graduating, the opportunity to find a new identity was a possibility.
When the Denton Broncos stormed out to an impressive 23-0 lead in their bi-district playoff opener against Justin Northwest, it seemed as if all the pieces were finally falling into place and Denton might easily roll into the second round. But Northwest was relentless, scored 21 fourth-points, including a touchdown with 16 seconds left, and defeated Denton 31-29.
In many ways, the Denton Broncos are staring into a mirror when it comes to their Class 5A bi-district playoff matchup against Justin Northwest. Both teams sit at 9-1, with each loss coming at the hands of powerhouse programs. Denton lost to Ryan to open its district schedule, and Northwest fell to Aledo two weeks ago.
The Guyer girls golf program saw three of its players sign their national letters of intent to play college golf on Wednesday afternoon.
For the first time in three seasons, the Denton Broncos know before their 10th game whom they will play in the first round of the playoffs. The Broncos will host Justin Northwest next Friday at 7 p.m., but first they have to finish the regular season. Denton and Braswell square off at 7 tonight at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex to close out District 5-5A play.
TROPHY CLUB — Denton’s hopes for another long playoff run weren’t just dashed Tuesday. They were buried. Saginaw Boswell, No. 12 in the final Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 5A poll, got a combined 27 kills from the trio of Kailyn Gilbreath, Hannah Boyd and Mattie Gregory while churning out a near-perfect defensive performance in a 25-13, 25-7, 25-10 win over the Lady Broncos in a Region I bi-district playoff match at Trophy Club Nelson.
Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.
Denton senior Alex Goff had a different mindset last cross country season. He thought if he ran harder and trained longer, he would be able to perform better at meets, but after breaking his foot due to overexertion right before last season’s district meet, Goff was determined to train smarter, not harder, this season.
Yielding an opening touchdown and throwing an interception on their second offensive play of the game, the Denton Broncos found themselves facing at a two-possession deficit just a handful of minutes into their showdown against District 5-5A foe Wichita Falls Rider. But Denton’s defense forced a turnover on downs at its own 12-yard line to restore the ball to its offense and the Broncos never looked back as they surrendered just six points the rest of the game on the way to a 31-13 win Friday at Bronco Field.
WICHITA FALLS — Forcing five turnovers, including two returned for touchdowns, Denton’s defense had perhaps its most productive game of the season. The Broncos sputtered with inconsistency on offense, but the timely turnovers were enough as they took down winless Wichita Falls 36-14 on Friday at Memorial Stadium for their second consecutive District 5-5A win.
Looking for their first District 5-5A win of the season at home against Sherman, the Denton Broncos held a meager seven-point lead at halftime, but they hadn’t yet cobbled a complete game together. The third quarter was much more prosperous for the Broncos as the first three possessions of the second half went exactly to plan. Denton sandwiched two touchdowns around a defensive stand and suddenly had a three-score lead, which helped the Broncos roll to a 38-24 victory on Friday to even their district record at 1-1.
The Denton Broncos have put last week’s district-opening loss to crosstown rival Ryan behind them. As they prepare for today’s 7 p.m. home game against Sherman, they’ll be doing so for what Denton coach Kevin Atkinson called the game of the year prior to the season.
It was billed as a showdown. The result was a beatdown. That’s the best way to describe Friday’s one-sided District 5-5A opener between Ryan and Denton. It’s been a crosstown rivalry that, even though it hadn’t been played since 2011, has been dominated by the Raiders. In the latest installment, Ryan showed just how big of a gap there is between two of the top six teams in the state.
Through the first four games of the Denton Broncos’ season, their defense has had just as much a hand in their victories as their offense. In three halves this season, their defense has held the opposing team to seven points or less while racking up 10 takeaways. In their District 5-5A opener, though, the Broncos’ defense had its hands full.
Losing all-state running back Xavier Scott to graduation left a huge hole in the Broncos’ offense entering this season, but thankfully Denton has senior running back Caleb Osuofa to fill the gap.
There was a time when Ryan and Denton were the only high schools in town. They would square off every season on the field and everyone in the community came to watch. To this day, there are fans who refer to it as the Denton school district’s original rivalry.
KELLER — Down at halftime for the first time this season, the Denton Broncos’ offense had amassed just 187 yards, but the second half was a different story. Denton scored the final two touchdowns of the game and its defense came through in the clutch, allowing the Broncos to put together a crucial eight-play drive for breathing room to hold off Timber Creek for a 37-28 victory and stay undefeated at 4-0.
The Denton Broncos have seen run-focused teams the past two weeks in Sanger and The Colony and used a combination of defense and timely scoring to emerge with victories, but in today’s game at undefeated Keller Timber Creek, the Bronco defense is preparing for a change of scenery.
Holding a healthy 12-point lead at halftime, the Denton Broncos found themselves in a situation similar to last week’s second half against Sanger. The Broncos’ offense grinded to a screeching halt and The Colony capitalized, scoring late in the third quarter to draw within two points. But again, Denton used a familiar mixture of stout defense, timely running by Caleb Osuofa and a crucial fourth-quarter drive, allowing the Broncos to sneak away with a 35-29 victory in their first home game of the year to stay perfect at 3-0.
The Denton Broncos finally are getting some recognition across the state. After landing just outside the top 10 of The Associated Press’ Class 5A poll after their opening win over Lake Dallas, the Broncos moved up to No. 8 following last week’s 31-21 road win over Sanger.
On Monday against Keller Fossil Ridge, Denton coach Gerry Standridge turned to assistant coach Leslye Hill on the bench and told her he believed if his team could just get one victorious set under its belt, they would take that confidence and run with it.
SANGER — After rushing for just 30 yards in the first half, Denton running back Caleb Osuofa was found hanging his head in the locker room at halftime. Osuofa ripped off a 27-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give Denton valuable breathing room and allow its defense to close out the second-half shutout as the Broncos defeated Sanger 31-21 on Friday at Indian Stadium.
CORINTH — With the graduation of its top running back from a season ago, the question marks surrounding Denton’s backfield are abundant as it entered the season without a true bell cow. On Friday at Falcon Stadium, the Broncos answered those questions with exclamation marks as they posted more than 300 yards on the ground on the road in a 42-28 win against Lake Dallas.
Denton and Lake Dallas are entering their season opener with some known commodities, but they are still in the process of filling in the final puzzle pieces of their teams.
After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.
Whether it’s just before the sun rises or long after it has set, Denton High School’s Ben McAfee can be found running. Committed to his dream of making the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, McAfee knows how much work is ahead of him. On Monday in Sacramento, California, he will take a major step toward accomplishing his goal as he competes in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships.
A growing movement to institute pitch count limits on high school baseball players took a huge step toward reality this week, but it has been met with mixed reviews from a handful of local coaches. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that each state’s governing organization for high school sports must establish its own set of pitch count guidelines.
Entering his senior season with a wealth of college offers, Denton High School’s Grant Polley has drawn interest from around the country.
Denton athletic coordinator Kevin Atkinson knows how important experience at the highest level is, so when the Lady Broncos began their search for a new softball coach after Rhana Ramos resigned recently, Atkinson was looking for the right mix of approachability and confidence.